UPDATE: Paul is trying to make up for lost time in this interview with Belfrage. Sorry, too little, too late.

During the presser yesterday, PTH brought up he didn’t want to tell the council in executive session about this because information from those sessions tends to get leaked out. Anything within the laws governing executive sessions cannot be discussed. But any hypothetical legal discussions or policy discussions need to be in the public. Councilors CAN talk about policy and hypotheticals with the public, and he seems to be confused about what an executive session is for.

I also have heard several Sioux Falls area legislators reached out to the City Hall saying they would assist in changing the state law, they are awaiting a response.

In defense of PTH, maybe he is correct, maybe the only option we have TODAY is to dispose of the animals . . .

But, state law and city ordinances COULD be changed that could possibly save them.

That is what ‘leaders’ do. They work with the public and the stakeholders to come up with a compromise that everyone can be comfortable with instead of a poutfest presser after 11 days of dead silence.

*Note to MisTaken’s communications staff; milk, cookies and a brief nap before the next presser will work wonders, and remember to wipe those eye boogers away before the cameras are rolling!

It starts with bringing the public along in these discussions. When you look at the poison report (the only document they provide with NO recommendation) it was presented on July 21 and official on August 1. The city did not make an announcement for another 18 days. Wouldn’t the smart thing to do is hold a press conference about what options the city may have before we throw it in the council’s lap?

I would also agree with PTH that is is his responsibility to work thru the minutiae of this deal with the Zoo, but he should bring the city’s policy body along in the process instead of hurling spitballs at them at a press conference.

I could rant for days about all the crap said at this presser today (like when he kicked someone from the public out of the presser and said it was only open to the media) but at the end of the day, you can’t get all poopy pants about your laxity, have the CEO of the Zoo in almost tears, and claim others are spreading misinformation.

When you keep the public and the council in the dark, that is when rumors and speculation begin to grow, and PTH gave them 432 hours to grow that mushroom, so don’t be surprised the public is trippin’ ba!!s over this.

I don’t give two rips about who the mayor ‘thinks’ is causing issues for him, if he wants to find the real culprit, he can just look in the mirror.

17 Thoughts on “UPDATE: Forget about the dead animals, Mayor TenHaken threw open government in the dump years ago

  1. Watching from the Deep South on August 29, 2023 at 5:01 pm said:

    Amazingly he continues to show his true character and isn’t afraid to having it captured for eternal prosperity…another prime example of people getting what they voted for (deservedly)

  2. Da mayor clearly just stated he cannot work on 2 problems at the same time. He’s too busy solving crimes and brain washing young future leaders to deal with the tax payers assets at the zoo.

  3. D@ily Spin on August 29, 2023 at 6:20 pm said:

    The mayor function of local government must return to political from dictatorial. A mayor is policy, not command. Any/all decisions must be a democratic vote from the people as per district councilors vote. There, I said it AGAIN.

  4. D@ily Spin on August 29, 2023 at 6:29 pm said:

    This kind of mayor should have to wear a uniform with stars on his shoulders and lots of erroneous ribbons on his chest.

  5. If these were owned by one of the Mayor’s developer buddies and they were downtown, his support would be the complete opposite. Ol’ sneaky Paul has something in the works, you can bet on it. He’s just publicly ticked because he isn’t able to bully the Councilors into a instant 100% vote for what he wants.

  6. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on August 29, 2023 at 11:42 pm said:

    Would Cabela’s in Mitchell be interested in the animals, or are they too busy playing baseball over there?

    Mountgate will not go away. Follow the money, or would that be the arsenic? Arsenic and Old Lace has been known to play the Orpheum, so why not the Zoo Boo, too? Bob Hope once played there, the Orpheum that is. And didn’t they once declare Bob dead before he was, which overtime would be twice like these animals?

    Do the JayCees still have a haunted house? Maybe they could use some dead animals to scare the kiddies. Dead Animals sounds like a punk rock band to me. AND, who was it who once wrote a lyric about a dead animal in the middle of the road and in technicolor? AND, don’t such graphics make it easier to see the whole story, open or not?

    These poor animals have already been executed once and now they want to do it to them once again. Whatever happened to double jeopardy? Jeopardy gives you categories with questions. The only question I have is what’s next for some dead animals? It’s tough being an orphan and also dead. They are just a bunch of John and Jane Does waiting to be buried. They didn’t ask for this. The hardware store was a tough enough gig, then the dead zoo, and now the dump? What would Trump say? This whole thing is just not fair. They say life is not fair, but what do you say to something that’s dead for a second time and has no life?…. Oh, and how many “lives” will open government be given, before it’s finally declared dead for the last time?…. And in technicolor…..

  7. ‘Would Cabela’s in Mitchell be interested in the animals, or are they too busy playing baseball over there?’

    I’m not sure who is coaching these kids in Methchell but I am pretty sure that the best way to hit a home run is NOT by sticking the bat up someone’s . . .

  8. D@ily Spin on August 30, 2023 at 9:54 am said:

    Millions of years from now archaeologists will excavate the landfill and discover ancient animals were not carbon but arsenic based. Was it because they drank from the Slough River? They became extinct because their legs were rigid and they couldn’t move to find more arsenic. Some died from flying events center siding. They fought for attention with long necks and trunks. However, they too were ignored at Public Comment. At the end they faced insurmountable discrimination and persecution from the Nordic leader owned by the billionaire.

  9. F&LinSF on August 30, 2023 at 10:19 am said:

    Elvis had the Colonel. People in Mitchell claim to be the Kernels, but all I really thing they have is some cobs. #KongoKob

    Perhaps, it would be better, however, to just head further north and get some mellons. It’s Forestburg season you know. You can get all of the juicy mellons you want there, and they might even have some corn there, too, if you still desire.

  10. "Woodstock" on August 30, 2023 at 10:27 am said:

    “Say, speaking of Forestburg, isn’t it about time for KELO to do that piece about Forestburg again, where they interview that same guy each year who tells us how many years he’s been doing this, how many stands there used to be, and now how many stands are left?”….. (…. “I believe, if my memory serves me right, that there are four stands left and there used to be 21 stands up there”…..) …… 🙂 #FoodTrucks #MellonTrucks

  11. It might be interesting to see how many of the mounts have ivory tusks someone wants to salvage for gun and knife handles? We have learned how little we can trust the Dutch Mafia.

    The lack of leadership skills on the part of Paul once again is glaring. The dear leader is a weak and pathetic individual who cares only about himself.

  12. D@ily Spin on August 30, 2023 at 11:07 am said:

    Perhaps the Huether Tennis Boondoggle could be repurposed for storing this collection. There’s grounds for eminent domain. It was built with public money. The large animals could signify the ego of Huether’s term.

  13. he ain't lion on August 30, 2023 at 1:04 pm said:

    i suspect the mayor has a sponsor lined up…likely one of the usual suspects…who wants their named to be the first thing any visitor to the zoo sees when they arrive. i suspect the aquarium is the exhibit and it will be located right where the delbridge exhibit is now.
    this guy is a sneaky shit with more important things on his plate…like painting snowplows.

  14. Further Fear & Loathing on August 30, 2023 at 4:58 pm said:

    Disposal, a mafia, quick decision, it’s all being to make sense. Don’t worry about what they say, watch what they do. But then again, just how big is the trunk of an old black Lincoln? Could a Walrus really fit in one?

  15. Fearing the Fuhrer & More on August 30, 2023 at 5:06 pm said:

    I would love to procure the mount of the big cat attacking the Impala. I’d have it all gold plated, so as to prevent any arsenic leakage, then next year I’d enter it into the Sculpture Walk with the title: Tale of Two Cities.

  16. Virginia on August 31, 2023 at 11:44 am said:

    He loves to look at himself.

  17. Sick of Fearing on August 31, 2023 at 7:24 pm said:

    Will Mountgate ever go away? It’s always the cover-up that gets them. Lesson learned: burn the tapes. Too many dead bodies, however. Arsenic fumes are dangerous. Liddy put his finger on a candle once, but would he have been willing to grab an arsenic laced creature? Heck, forget about the arsenic. They now say that DNA can be found in the air. Resignation and promise of a pardon might help. Where’s Jerry Ford when you need him? They say Dallas and Watergate were linked. What’s Mountgate linked to? LImitlessMale? What’s better, a trophy wife or a trophy animal? But in either case, don’t you eventually get rid of them? And if the corporate spokesman, who runs our town, ends up with phlebitis like Nixon, well, at least there’s the medical marijuana card.

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